Lenovo releases student-proof ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e ruggedized to stand up to school use

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Lenovo releases student-proof ThinkPad The Lenovo ThinkPad X131e has rugged features to withstand wear and tear, and other features for educational environments.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 28, 2012

Lenovo has released a new range of laptops that have been designed for schools.

The ruggedized ThinkPad X131e laptop has been designed to meet tough working conditions, while providing optimal performance with multimedia content and with features for ease of administration by the educational establishment.

The 11.6 inch X131e is availed in Intel Core and Intel Celeron models, or AMD E-Series APU models, both featuring HD graphics, along with Dolby Advanced Audio for multimedia learning content. The ThinkPads have USB 3.0, wireless, a battery life of up to 8.5 hours, and weigh less than four pounds.

In terms of durability, the laptops have reinforced hinges, designed to withstand 50,000 open/close cycles; stainless steel hinge brackets for added strength; tightly aligned keyboard to stop items from being wedged under keys; filters to keep fans ‘dustless' improving the life of the fan; strengthened AC adapter cable for frequent plugging and unplugging; and enhanced HDD shock performance.

The laptop also includes a number of features for schools, including asset tagging for inventory control; ThinkPad Warranty Upgrades with onsite repair and ThinkPad Accidental Damage Protection; and a wireless activity LED indicator so teachers can clearly see when students are accessing the wireless network. ThinkPad X131e can also be ordered in custom colours, and have school logos etched into the casing.

Intel-based models also come with Intel Learning Series Software Suite, a collaborative and user-friendly tool designed for one-to-one eLearning and classroom learning.

"We know from experience that students are our toughest customers - literally - and for that reason we make it a point to go above and beyond our standard ruggedness features in the laptops we introduce for education," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. "To help combat the extreme wear and tear students subject their laptops to, we've designed our toughest education PC yet by incorporating heavy-duty, military-grade features, while packing the device with top of the line technology so teachers can offer students the latest in digital learning."

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